National Gallery appoints new chair

The National Gallery has appointed John Booth, a businessman, as its new chairman, succeeding the former BBC director general Lord Hall who stepped down in May in the wake of the Martin Bashir controversy.

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ACE’s priority places for 2030

Arts Council England has announced 54 places across England as part of its latest ten year delivery plan to implement its Let’s Create strategy, published today.

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Rattle's head to aid musicians

Conductor Sir Simon Rattle has had his portrait sculpted by artist Frances Segelman, completed from start to finish during a fundraising event for the charity Help Musicians.

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Nadine Dorries made culture secretary

Oliver Dowden has been moved from the culture portfolio in the Cabinet reshuffle to be the cabinet office minster in place of Michael Gove, the new housing minister.

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Getting it together - in the garden on top of a Tube station

The roof of Temple Underground Station, between the Thames and The Strand, is to come to blazing life of colour for the first time in its 150 year history.

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‘Creative industries failing minorities’ – Bull report

The creative sector needs to be transformed if it is to be truly inclusive, according to a new parliamentary report.

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Soft power front blunted by ‘perverse’ British Council closures

Britain’s efforts to use culture to influence the world post Brexit and the pandemic is to be severely cut back with the British Council “significantly reducing its operations” to cut costs because of the impact of Covid.

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Doran steps down at RSC to nurse terminally ill Sher

Gregory Doran is stepping down temporarily as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company to take compassionate leave as he cares for his husband, the actor Sir Anthony Sher, who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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ACE/BBC commission disabled artists

Arts Council England has launched five commissions in partnership with the BBC that celebrate the work of deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists about living through the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Shelley Warren steps down at Arts Foundation

Shelley Warren has resigned after 22 years as director of the Arts Foundation to pursue a musical archive project.

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